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Donation of the Month

World War Two, the war to end all wars, has been talked about, documented and picked apart piece by piece over the years.  While most of what has been documented has been the campaigns, body counts, and destroyed land, a few have focused on those involved.  The soldiers who served had unique experiences and saw the world even as the world crashed in around them. 
Over the years the museum has put up a few exhibits documenting the role Benton Countians played in the war and life on the home front.  As the generation who lived through the war dwindles it is hoped that the younger generation will learn lessons about hope, freedom, sacrifice and what ordinary people can do to shape the world.  Over the years the museum’s collection has grown to include uniforms, ration booklets, and other memorabilia from that era.  To this collection we now add several hundred photographs taken by one soldier, who documented the war as well as everyday life from his point of view.
Sam Wood was a twenty year old guardsman who entered the war with friends.  He and 112 other Benton Countians were sent to Fort Sill, OK for training.  He became a member of the 937th Field Artillery Battalion and spent time in North Africa, France, Italy and Germany.  Through it all he carried his portable clerk’s desk camera.  Wood said “we weren’t allowed to take pictures of any military installations or operations”, so he photographed the ordinary stuff.  Within the stacks of photographs there are photos of the darker side of war, bombed out buildings, victims and troop marches; but, it is the photographs of the everyday life of the soldiers that are remarkable.  Most of Wood’s images focus on his unit’s passage through towns such as Rome or Pompeii or life in camp or eating with the locals. 
These images present a different side of the war and provide a rounder image of the soldier’s life while on campaign.  It wasn’t all battles, sitting in trenches and freeing towns from foreign rulers; it was about marches from town to town, making friends with the locals, spending time on Red Cross beaches and getting passes to see great historical sites.  Not every unit was as lucky as the 937th, but these images give you a vastly different view than many of the documentaries and films over the years. 

Villagers in Italy threshing wheat and stacking straw, 1944.

Cpl Sam Wood sitting on large vase in Pompeii, Italy, 1944.

Bomb damage to Hangmans Hill at Cassino, Italy, 1944.

More Donations of the Month

Arts & Crafts
Charles Summey Painting
Elsie Sterling Drawings & Photo
Erwin A. Doege pastel
M.E. Oliver’s Strange Scenes in the Ozarks
Roy Harris Carved Wagon
Seed Art

War Eagle Store

Household Goods
Andersons Grade A Egg Scale
Applegate Apothecary Bottle
Benton County Wine Bottles
Circa 1923 Eureka Vacuum Cleaner
First M.E. Church, North souvenir plate, circa 1910
Gasoline powered iron
Grape Press
John Edwards china
Open Salts
Red Wing Crock, 1910s
Rogers Fairgrounds Souvenir
Cut Glass Dresser Box
Marshmallow Toaster
Fairy Lamps
Bubble Up Soda Bottles
Farmers Produce Co. Feed Sack
Butter Molds
Hand Painted China
Flow Blue China
Ritz Christmas Lites
Stove Top Steamer
Sunbeam Dairy Milk Bottle & Photo

Paper Ephemera, Books, & Photos
Advertising Folding Table
Camp Joyzelle Booklet
Callison-Lough Funeral Home Sketch
1943 Benton County Nursery Company Catalog
Apple Blossom Festival Postcard Booklet, April 1927
B.P.O.E. photo, 1960
Christmas Carols Songbook
Civil War Clothing Ledger
“Coin” Harvey family letters
Edsel Ford Poetry Books
Frisco Railroad Pass
Gold mine photos
Lime Works Stock Certificate
Louise Thaden Note
Menu from the Orchard Room
Cumberland Presbyterian Ladies Cook Book
Rogers Public School catalog, 1892-3
Elizabeth Miller Autograph Books
Discharge Papers
New Year Postcard
Political Campaign Buttons
Women's Study Club Program
Howard Fowler Photographs
Railroad Automatic Car Identification
1933 World's Fair Objects
Tobacco Tax Receipts
Valentines cards
Vandover & Sons Livery Stable Photograph
Printing Blocks
World War II Photos

Billiken Doll
Russ Troll Doll
Schoenhut Circus Toys
Steiff Teddy Bear
Horse Drawn Wagon
Lone Ranger Atomic Bomb Ring
J.D. Kestner Doll
Winter Sled

Textiles, Clothing, & Clothing Accessories
Confederate Officer’s Artillery Frock Coat?
Apple Blossom Festival Crown
Bicorn Hat
Blackburn Preaching Shirt
Christmas Stocking
Friendship Quilt
Garrett family coverlet, 1860s
Help One Another Club Quilt
Mary Van Winkle Steele’s Traveling Dress
McClain Family Crazy Quilt
Norman Tailor System dress pattern
Pillbox Hat
Hannah Lumm Dress
Whig Rose Quilt
Celluloid Items
Hair Work Jewelry
Evening Gown
Mesh Hand Bags
World War I Uniform
1906 Wedding Gown
Majorette Uniform & Spirit Ribbons


1860s Green & Sager Bedstead
Henry Tribble’s Speaker Cabinet
Tom Morgan’s Desk & Chair
W.H. Jewett Piano
Adding Machine Stand
Apple Cider Press
Colonial Revival Dining Room Chair
B.F. Gleason Cooling Table
Grundig Majestic radio

Kroger Shelves

Barbed Wire Samples
Betty Blake’s Composition Stick
Carry A. Nation Hatchet Brooch
Cash Register
Harris Baking Co. Souvenir
“Coin” Harvey Death Mask
KAMO Shovel
Erwin Funk’s Newspaper Convention Badges
Diamond Jubilee Badges
Tracy Lockhart’s Peddler Basket
Van Winkle Lumber
Surveyor's Compass
Remington Revolver
John Deere Corn Sheller
Rogers High School Dedication Stone
Permanent Wave Machine
City of Rogers License Plate
Chaplain's Field Kit
WWI Army helmet & print

Civil War Re-enactor Items
Lever Action Winchester Model 1892
Silica mining bucket






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